At Old Delhi Music:
Shop our harmonium collections here, including: travel harmoniums (designed with portability in mind); student harmoniums (designed with newer, budget-conscious players in mind); folding harmoniums; standard harmoniums; classic harmoniums; and kolkata style (aka scale changer) harmoniums. We've provided links to each collection below!
When looking to buy a harmonium online, we've known many customers who first purchased their harmoniums on sites like Amazon and eBay only to discover that their new instrument wasn't good quality or even playable. At Old Delhi Music, our goal is to only deliver great instruments and exceptional customer experiences. Shop with us online today and have confidence knowing that you're getting a unique harmonium that has been specially prepared for you by people with knowledge and expertise about these instruments.
The harmonium, a small manually-pumped instrument, was invented in Europe in 1842 and brought to India in the late 1800s by colonialists who wished to play church music at home. It is sometimes referred to as a pump organ. Its popularity swelled in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and has since experienced a revival in the United States and elsewhere.
There are two types of harmonium: a foot-pumped version that resembles a small organ, and a hand-pumped portable version that can fold up for easy transport. The foot-pumped harmonium requires its player to press two pedals with their feet, one at a time while their hands remain free to play the keyboard. The hand-pumped harmonium, invented years after Alexandre Debain's original, requires its player to push and pull a handle back and forth, leaving only one hand free to play the keys.
The standard harmonium, which feature two handles on its side, is the most common world-wide. It is used in classical, semi-classical, and devotional music, and has made many an appearances in popular music, including recordings by Paul Simon, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, and Beck.